How to get a job in Korea

How to get a job in Korea? A quick guide for everyone

To get a job in Korea, you can start from Saramin and JobKorea. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Korea. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Korea. Everyone who wants to get a job in Korea needs first to look for a job in Korea.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Korea. Korean citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme so you can come to Korea without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Korea and on how to get a work permit for Korea.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English or Korean. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

How to get a job in Korea?

The first step in getting a job in Korea is to look for a job in Korea. Find out where to look for work in Korea in the sections below.

Korean citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Korea.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Korea already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get a work permit or a work visa for you.

You can also find a work visa scheme so you can come to Korea without a job offer first.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in Korea?

You can find a job in Korea by searching online for job opportunities in Korea. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Job websites in Korea

Many job websites can help you find work in Korea. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, ‘Construction worker in Busan’ or ‘Babysitter in Seoul’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Incheon” or “Mall in Daegu” for example.

Facebook groups can also be an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Korea or about jobs.

Saramin is a very popular job website in Korea. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

JobKorea is another very popular job website in Korea. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Albamon is a very popular job website in Korea. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

Because these two sites are entirely in Korean, they may be difficult to browse at first. They are, nevertheless, important job portals for Koreans looking for work, and there are numerous positions offered in various industries that require foreign language speakers.

PeopleNJob is a job portal for foreigners looking for work in Korea. There are plenty of positions posted in English.

Alba is a popular job website in Korea. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Job Planet is another popular job website in Korea.

Incruit is another popular job website in Korea.

Find Job is a job website in Korea.

Worknet is another job website in Korea.

More useful websites to get a job in Korea

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Craigslist Seoul is a hit-or-miss job search engine. The employment adverts, on the other hand, are almost always in English, and the people sought are almost always foreigners. It might not be the place where you find your dream job, but it’s probably the easiest place to start.

Moel is the Ministry of Employment and Labour in Korea.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Korea

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Korea. I found these groups about jobs in Korea. You can look for more.

is a Facebook group about jobs in Korea. it’s a public group with over a hundred thousand members.

is another Facebook group about jobs in Korea.

is another group about jobs in Korea.

is another group about jobs in Korea.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups talking about jobs or Korea.

LinkedIn Korea is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Korea.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Korea. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Korea.

Recruitment agencies in Korea

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Busan’ on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Korea, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Korea.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Korea

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.

These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.

These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.

If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Seoul’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Korea, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Korea.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Korea

Form connections, ask around and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Korea. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

To find a job in Korea look at local newspapers, local bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are a good source of information about jobs in Korea.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Korea

You can search for companies and local businesses in Korea. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Daegu’.

Walk around anywhere in Korea for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in Korea, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for ‘market near Incheon’. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Korean residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for ‘Korea employment scheme’ or ‘Korea employment program’.

How to get a job in Korea as a foreigner? 

Annual job fairs are held in Korea, with a focus on foreigners. These employment fairs will usually be divided into two categories: those for international students and those for international residents.

You may look up the dates of these fairs online by searching for the following terms:

  • Oegugin chwieopbangnamhoe, 외국인 취업박람회 or Job fair for foreign residents, or
  • Oeguginyuhaksaeng chaeyongbangnamhoe외국인유학생 채용박람회, or Job fair for international students.

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The above image shows somewhere Myeong-dong, Republic of Korea. Photo by Ian Valerio on Unsplash